360 Excavator Training

There are two types of excavators, of which we have a vast amount of experience training – the wheeled (rubber duck) excavator and the tracked (draglines) excavator.

Excavators must only be operated by fully trained, competent operators – who, in addition, have been given the authorisation to use. Any operation should follow a suitable risk assessment.

We offer ITSSAR accredited training, which can be carried out at customer locations across the UK. All our training is ITSSAR, RTITB, and AITT accredited.

Our Digger Training Course Includes:

  • Induction & Relevant Regulations (LOLER 1998, PUWER 1998 & HASAWA 1974)
  • How rated capacities, load radius & elevation of the load affect the lifting capacity
  • Basic Steering, Moving & Stopping
  • Grading & Screeding
  • Preparing for Transport
  • Manoeuvring on inclines or ramps
  • The differences between various lifting accessories or machine attachments (where required)
  • Pre-use check test
  • Theory test
  • Practical test


The excavator must NOT be operated outside of its capabilities. If you are in doubt, contact the machine manufacturer or call our office for any reason to discuss.

The manufactures recommended bucket size must NOT be exceeded.

When the load radius and elevation increase, or depending on the type of material, the lifting capacity could decrease.



Please remember to ensure you supervise any successful candidates considering their strengths and weaknesses in their training reports. In addition, if the training was NOT carried on the equipment they will be regularly using, ensure appropriate familiarisation training is given depending on the specific job.

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360 Excavator Training @ Customers Location in Brighton

Course Timings

5-10 Day (depending on accreditation and application) novice course (3 Candidates)

3 Day experienced/existing operator

1 Day refresher course 


We charge a small registration fee per candidate registration fee. For the benefits of accredited training, please call the office.

Sign Up For Our Digger Training Course

Our HL team is experienced in providing a range of accredited training courses designed with you in mind. In addition to our 360 Excavator operator course, we have a host of training to advance your skills. We can provide a training solution for any level of experience, ensuring you get the most out of the course.

Sign up for a course today and become an accredited digger operator.


Here are some frequently asked questions.

How often should I refresh my training?

This is down to whether you or your employer feels you need to refresh your skills. It is not a legal requirement to undertake additional training. However, the HSE recommended guidelines are that operators complete refresher training every 3-5 years.

What qualifications do you need to drive a digger?

Some companies may require candidates to have a CSCS card to use their qualification on certain sites.

How long does learning to operate a 360 excavator take?

Our digger training course lengths vary depending on a candidate’s current experience level. We offer three training options, including our novice course (5-10 days dependent on accreditation and application), experienced course (3 days), or our refresher course (1 day). Additional training may be required depending on a candidate’s adherence to the course.